This directory provides contact information for the people, agencies and organizations that are involved in research, education, leasing, growing, restoration and management of oysters in North Carolina.

Ken Riley
Marine Spatial Ecology Division; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Fisheries Biologist

Dr. Kenneth Riley is an interdisciplinary marine ecologist who recently joined NOAA's Marine Spatial Ecology Division. Ken previously worked out of the NOAA Beaufort Laboratory as a Fisheries Biologist for NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in the Habitat Conservation Division. Prior to joining NMFS, Ken worked with NOAA’s National Ocean Service where his research capitalized on the impetus to equip the nation’s coastal decision-makers with spatial planning and ecoforecasting tools to make informed and confident decisions regarding aquaculture in the coastal ocean. Ken was a founding member of the NOAA Coastal Aquaculture Planning and Environmental Sustainability Program (CAPES). His research focused on developing analytical tools and modeling applications used for siting aquaculture operations and restoration activities. His research has been used to address a variety of marine aquaculture issues around the nation, including rulemaking for offshore aquaculture operations in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Ken received a M.S. in Fisheries from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Biology from East Carolina University. He takes great pleasure in presenting his research and developing collaborations with academic, government, and industry stakeholders.

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